Boatbuilding

Boatbuilders make news when they mark production milestones, roll out fresh lines of boats and relocate to new facilities. And boatbuilding isn't limited to companies. Enterprising Individuals sometimes build a boat for themselves.

Firm touts new hull-testing program

Hull testing has been taken out of the box and into the open ocean with M Ship Co.’s new Rapid Empirical Innovation program. The naval architecture and research firm says the approach allows scaled-down hull models of recreational and racing sailboats, motor vessels, and cargo and military ships to be towed in real-life weather conditions…more

Iowa boatbuilder caters to duck hunters

Kerry Nicolaus and Scott Thorne say serious duck hunters know exactly what they want in a boat. So they combined their expertise in metal fabrication with their passion for waterfowling into MarshMonster, a boatbuilder in Iowa’s Cedar Valley that caters to the preferences of duck hunters, The Courier newspaper (Waterloo/Cedar Falls) reported. The two joined…more

Magazines name Boat of the Year nominees

Cruising World and Sailing World magazines today announced their nominees for the 2012 Boat of the Year awards at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md. “This year’s collection of nominees represents a broad cross-section of excellent cruising boats and high-performance ocean voyagers,” Cruising World Boat of the Year director Herb McCormick said in a…more

Apprenticeshop offers deal on boatbuilding class

The Apprenticeshop is offering an opportunity to join an intensive 12-week program for anyone interested in learning how to build a boat. Between now and the end of December, participants can enroll in the boatbuilding skills program at half price, and they can start the program on a date that is most convenient for them.…more

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Florida boatbuilder holds ‘crash test’

This summer at Nauset Marine in Orleans, Mass., Boston Whaler re-enacted its legendary stunt of cutting one of its foam-filled unsinkable boats in half and taking both floating halves for a spin on the water. Not to be outdone, South Florida boatbuilder SeaHunter recently hoisted one of its 7,000-pound, 35-foot center consoles about 20 feet…more

Boat designer debuts new blog

Jon Persson Designs launched a company blog devoted to an ongoing discussion of new and existing boat designs, concepts and ideas by Jon Persson and of legacy designs by his father, Seth Persson. Updates and comments will be posted as new projects develop, from initial discussions to finished boats. Open forums are being included to…more

Magazine features top 2012 sailboat nominees

Sail magazine announced the 2012 Best Boats fleet in its September issue. This year’s lineup of more than 40 newcomers is made up of monohulls and catamarans of all sizes making their debut at the fall boat shows. There are five Best Boats categories: small boats, cruising monohulls, cruising multihulls, performance boats and flagships, plus…more

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Toyota unveils first in series of cruisers

Toyota Motor Corp. announced the launch in Japan today of the Ponam-35, its newly developed leisure boat. The Ponam-35 — the first of a new class in the Ponam series — is a cruiser ideal for pleasure cruising and fishing, the company said. It features a rigid hull of a high-strength aluminum alloy and a…more

SeaArk Marine halts new boat orders

Military and industrial aluminum boat builder SeaArk Marine announced it will temporarily suspend acceptance of new boat orders until further notice. SeaArk Boats, the recreational aluminum boat builder, currently enjoys steady sales and is unaffected by SeaArk Marine’s decision. Each company serves different product markets with separate sales and distribution methods, the company said. Because…more

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Rev. Moon set to unveil new sportfishing boat

The Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon of Korea, honored by millions around the world as a prophet, peacemaker, wedding convener, newspaper publisher and fisherman, will add a new credential to his résumé: boat designer. The 91-year-old Moon has been tinkering for years with new designs of fishing boats built by his company, Master Marine Yacht…more

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